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King Manilla.

Manillas, a type of currency in Africa


King and queen manillas were very large types of manilla, made in Africa for use as a form of wealth and in funeral ceremonies.

Manillas were brass bracelet-shaped objects used by Europeans in trade with West Africa, from about the 16th century to the 1930s. They were made in Europe, perhaps based on an African original. Once Bristol entered the African trade, manillas were made locally for export to West Africa.

Creator: Captain R P Wild

Date: unknown

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:Ea8049

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